EVDOL 091 - Lift Every Voice: Great Black Opera Singers
This course explores the vast and distinctive contributions of Black singers to opera in America and abroad. Beginning with pioneering 19th-century figures like Sissieretta Jones, Harry T. Burleigh, and Elizabeth Greenfield, the course reveals the artistry as well as the unique struggles with systemic racism faced and conquered by Black operatic artists through the present day. The significant difference between the career paths of Black classical and popular singers is examined as is the prominent role played by Black singers in the civil rights movement. Familiar greats like Price, Norman, Anderson, Verrett, Robeson, and Estes will be studied along with lesser-known masters and the Black singers of today, including rising stars from Africa. Rare historic recordings, selected readings, visits from guest speakers, and lively class discussion bring the rich artistry of Black singers alive. The course will feature special guest Will Liverman, a baritone who will be starring in the New York premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which will open the Metropolitan Opera season this fall. http://www.willliverman.com/biography. No prior experience necessary.
Tuesday, June 29
Wednesday, June 30